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The Chief Marshal 

The Class Marshals 

Candidates for Masters Degree 

Candidates for the Baccalaureate Degree 

Faculty Emeriti 

The Faculty 

The Presidential Party 

Donated to SSU Archives 

by Sheri Saleem Scott 

upon her Retirement on July 1, 2011 

The academic regalia, the academic processional, and the 
ceremonial program are part of an ancient tradition of learning. This tradition 
is a unified, solemn occasion at which only applause is appropriate. 

The audience is asked to refrain from any other form of expression 
and to reserve celebrations until the program is concluded. 

0rttet of g>ert)ice 

Dr. Carlton E. Brown, President 

PRELUDE "O Holy Night" Adolph Adams 

Mr. James O. Thompson, Jr., Organist 

ACADEMIC PROCESSION* "War March of the Priests" Felix Mendelssohn 

Mr. James O. Thompson, Jr., Organist 

"The Star-Spangled Banner"* Francis Scott Key 

The Mel Blount Youth Home of Georgia, Inc. Choir 
Mr. Luther Wardlaw, Director 

INVOCATION Dr. Clifford E. Hardwick, III 

Former Interim Vice President for Student Affairs 

SELECTION.. The Mel Blount Youth Home of Georgia, Inc. Choir 

. Mr. Luther Wardlaw, Director 


GUESTS AND SPEAKER f .§![.. . Iw&^^A^. . . . .\l£ .%.... Dr. Carlton E. Brown 

SB ^ I ^&7^^^ L ' y ^^\ \ »-} Hi 

COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS ../,... Mr. O. LaVelle Bond 

Vice President Global Diversity and HR Center of Expertise 

The Proctor & Gamble Company 



"Dean of Graduate Studies and Research 


Assisted by Mr. Benjamin J. Allen, Registrar 
and Dr. R. L. Stevenson, Professor of Fine Arts and Humanities 


Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs 


College of Business Administration Dr. MostafaH. Sarhan, Dean 

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Dr. Otis S. Johnson, Dean 

College of Sciences and Technology Dr. Charlesworth Martin, Dean 


Assisted by the Academic Deans, 

Mr. Benjamin J. Allen, Registrar 

and Dr. Robert L. Stevenson, Professor of Fine Arts and Humanities 



President, Savannah State University National Alumni Association 


FOR COMMISSIONING Commander James M. Hicks 

Professor of Naval Science 


Reading the Commissioning Document Dr. George N. Williams 

Dean, Graduate Studies and Sponsored Research 
and Faculty Representative to NROTC 

Administering the Oath of Office Commander James M. Hicks 

Professor of Naval Science 


BENEDICTION Dr. Clifford E. Hardwick, HI 

Former Interim Vice President for Student Affairs 

RECESSIONAL** . . . „ .j^jgomp and Circumstance".. Sir Edward Elgar 

James O. Thompson, Jr. Organist 



Savannah State College Hymn 

J. Randolph Fisher and Hillary Hatchett 

Let us give thanks and praise to thee 

To our Alma Mater, S.S.C. 

Thine honor, pride, and eminence, 

We raise in prayerful reverence. 

Guide us still from day to day, 

Be thou mindful lest we lose our way; 

Help us know that life, short or long, 

Means unceasing work for weak and strong. 


Where Savannah meets the sea, 
Where grassy plains and palms abound, 
Where the flow'rs are gems of loveliness, 

There SSC is found. 
We adore each beauteous scene and hall, 

Our all we pledge to thee! 

In our hearts well build a shrine for Thee 

We hail Thee, S.S.C! 

* The audience is requested to stand. 

** The audience is requested to remain seated until the recession has exited. 

Jffeter'* Begree Conferred 


iWatfter of public gbmrntetration 

Ann Marie Allen Savannah State University 

Carliss Edwina Bates Tuskegee University 

Ramona Yvonne Famble Savannah State University 

Mark D. Greene Savannah State University 

Griselda Denise Hendley Savannah State University 

Samantha M. Jackson Morgan State University 

Selena Latricia John MSM ^. Savannah State University 

Faith Denise May JET^fiftpp^G^. Savannah State University 

Daryle McCormick 
Tiffany LaTrelle Nelson 
Torey Vashon Pendleton| 
Carl Lee Ramey, Sr 
Derrick Roberson 
Letitia Nicole Robinson 

Savannah State University 
.Savannah State University 
... .Savannah State University 
Savannah State University 
Savannah State University 
Savannah State University 

Tamica Nakia Smith ....;*■!!:.... Alabama A & M University 

LaSonya Patrice Stovall Savannah State University 

Kimberly Anndrea Washington Savannah State University 

Janet L. White Saint Leo College 

Jerome Woody Savannah State University 



Gerald Carthon Savannah, Georgia 

LuAnn Gatch Rincon, Georgia 

Helen Zenobia Lewis Savannah, Georgia 

**Susan LutzNyberg Savannah, Georgia 

***Luella Maria Sanders Savannah, Georgia 

Computer information interns 

LaTonya Antwinette Kennedy Metter, Georgia 

Farrel Denise Smith Decatur, Georgia 

Carlton Alphonso Tyler Ridgeland, South Carolina 


Demond Daniel Carrollton, Georgia 

Dana Je'Nelle Johnson Savannah, Georgia 

Randy B. Jones Harlem, Georgia 

Altovise Denise Keith Savannah, Georgia 

Deyano Richardo Martin 
Tia Shamone Solomon 
Vanessa Renee Strong 
John Sikes Strickland 
Andrea Y. Walker 

LaGrange, Georgia 
Savannah, Georgia 

'^ Union City, Georgia 

Savannah, Georgia 

Vidalia, Georgia 

Stacey Laurencho Davis Decatur, Georgia 

Secene Shannel Dorsey Hamilton, Georgia 

Stephanie Danyell Garner Savannah, Georgia 

* Ebony Andrea Kelsey Stone Mountain, Georgia 

Emily Kelsey Mack Savannah, Georgia 

Xavia Shalon Mills Macon, Georgia 

Danielle Linette Rhynes Kansas City, Kansas 

DwaynaDeon Richardson Lithonia, Georgia 

Margaret Melissa Singleton Savannah, Georgia 

***Valentina Diane Shorter Savannah, Georgia 


Summa Cum Laude 


Magna Cum Laude 

'Cum Laude 

! In Absentia 

Computer information litems anb jfWanagement 

♦Audrey A. Allen Jamica, West Indies 


Cngluft, language anfc literature 

Rochelle Marie Gould-Davis Savannah, Georgia 

♦Ashley Deneice Manker Savannah, Georgia 

JKatftf Communication* 

Jeremy Vaughn Kinsey Atlanta, Georgia 

Shemeka Latonya Miller -^^^^^ta^ir Atlanta, Georgia 

*Joel P. Shaw, Jr.... .^^T.^T AXE. -£a*^^- Savannah, Georgia 

Jerald D. Smith ML^./^/0^r^^^\f^^^ ........Augusta, Georgia 

African anfc African American fetubieg 

♦♦Flory Cannady Ward ...\. verm y Savannah, Georgia 


Justin Stembridge Nathaniel Brown Sparta, Georgia 

Sharese Thelma Colbert Winder, Georgia 

** Robert Franklin Owens Savannah, Georgia 

♦Beatrice B. Simmons Richmond Hill, Georgia 

Billy Wayne Smith Savannah, Georgia 

***Summa Cum Laude **Magna Cum Laude *Cum Laude !In Absentia 

Criminal Jfatftice 

Chester Arthur Cary II Houston, Texas 

Amy Rochelle Corbett Plant City, Florida 

Simmie Jarris Edwards Gordon, Georgia 

Turkesha Mone't Flowers- Whitfield Savannah, Georgia 

Valerie Charnise Gaines Hartwell, Georgia 

John Joseph Ganem III Savannah, Georgia 

* Patricia Wright Gardner Savannah, Georgia 

KyavaDonai German Savannah, Georgia 

Carson Holliman Brunswick, Georgia 

* Harriet Ann Holmes Savannah, Georgia 

Lemual Shanee Ligon j^^^vATP-T^^k- Seneca, South Carolina 

Tomeca D'Shonda Maclgl ^ Macon, Georgia 

Denessa Antrece Small^ v .T^/...tS TO-.CT...AwV '.-..\'C»Wphns Island, South Carolina 

Dran O. Washington... 

.Augusta, Georgia 

**Syreeta Lynell Monroe ^^^^^Xf^h^^^pT. Savannah, Georgia 

**Dennis Djangmah Narth-Martey ...7... Savannah, Georgia 

Kendra Sherard Riverdale, Georgia 


** Dana Catherine Stevenson Fitzgerald, Georgia 

Social OTorfe 

LeshaLee Frazier Savannah, Georgia 

♦LaMonica Valerie Graham Savannah, Georgia 

Derrick Dwayne Hubbard Dublin, Georgia 

Taneya Loraine Dunn Johnson Savannah, Georgia 

**Michelle Winfree Jones Fort Stewart, Georgia 

***Summa Cum Laude 


Magna Cum Laude 

♦Cum Laude 

!In Absentia 

Daisy Elizabeth Ruff Kizer Savannah, Georgia 

Janet Reeves Savannah, Georgia 

**Carol Sullivan Sanders Savannah, Georgia 

***Rufus Smith Savannah, Georgia 

Valencia Renee Warnock Savannah, Georgia 

Anna Katrina Wheeler Norwood, Georgia 

LaWanna Wright Savannah, Georgia 

**Tammy Renae Wright Savannah, Georgia 


Kenya Renee Alexander .^ff^.^XK^.E . te^^. West Columbia, Texas 

Duane L. Bentley j^^.^y^^^^S^^J^ Garden City, Georgia 

Willie Reed Brantley, Jr. . .M. .££. . L . . .MA^^^K^L . . A $Mtngeburg, South Carolina 

Staphanie Dionne Carter, I. s^S^..... Ji#>|^.J.^.B Camilla, Georgia 

*Roxanne Elizabeth Harris. m...., V^ ^.»777.J!.^.vt . y.....^[ Woodbury, Georgia 

Julia Alina LeCounte .^^£a^rs, *S^cfa.jH.. Hinesville, Georgia 

Crystal Renee Smith ^f^^^^^^^^fr.. Powder Springs, Georgia 

Nicole Shantell Williams Lithonia, Georgia 

Jftlarine Science 

Franklin N. Berry Houston, Texas 

*Bennie Scott Givins LaGrange, Georgia 

Robert Rahming, Jr Eleuthera, Bahamas 

Patrick Jay Swearingen Augusta, Georgia 

CnWronmental Science 

Mario Tramaine Bennett Savannah, Georgia 

Carolyn V. Russell Kingsland, Georgia 

Damascus LaMont Rutledge West Point, Georgia 

***Summa Cum Laude **Magna Cum Laude *Cum Laude !In Absentia 


Kimini Ketara White Hartwell, Georgia 


Alvina Vyshon Jackson Savannah, Georgia 

Deirdre Lewis Atlanta, Georgia 

Joshua Jermeaal Sanders Summerville, South Carolina 

Bruce Terrell Smith Wrens, Georgia 

Robert Eugene Williams Savannah, Georgia 

Computer Science fEecfmologp 

Aysha Yolonda Akins ,^^H^ff^^^B^. Madison, Florida 

*Keisa L. Allen .^■^^^r^^^r> s ^^^^ Warner Robins, Georgia 

Joracheo Donta Lofton.. EJ./...- 4:.....t .\,U ..\.^P...m Decatur, Georgia 

Mario D. Watts M.<.L.^..^ , .?4 < ^ y ..lS.M Decatur, Georgia 

Cftril (Engineering SCecljnalogp 

Robert James Holmes, Jr Savannah, Georgia 

electronic* engineering fltecfmologp 

*Otis A. Anderson Savannah, Georgia 

Larry Bernard Bryant, Jr Savannah, Georgia 

Dung Hung Phan Savannah, Georgia 

Jfledjanical (Engineering tlecljnologp 

Kemon Quennell Harrison Richmond Hill, Georgia 

Kendra Shawndricka Jackson Miami, Florida 

William Charles Rhodes Decatur, Georgia 

Shawn Tyrone Singletary Savannah, Georgia 

**Tomeka Shantell Thomas Montgomery, Alabama 

***SummaCumLaude **Magna Cum Laude *Cum Laude !In Absentia 

Honor #rabuateg 
iimmma Cum Hauoe (3.75 - 4.00) 

Luella Maria Sanders 

Valentina Diane Shorter 

Rufus Smith 

Magna €um laube (3A0 - 3,749) 

Michelle Winfree Jones 
Syreeta Lynell Monroe 
Dennis Djangmah Narth-M 
Susan Lutz Nyberg 
Robert Franklin Owens 

Audrey A. Allen 
Keisa L. Allen 
Otis A. Anderson 
Patricia Wright Gardner 
Benny Scott Givins 
LaMonica Valerie Graham 

Carolyn Sullivan Sanders 
Dana Catherine Stevenson 
Tomeka Shantell Thomas 
Flory Cannady Ward 
Tammy Renae Wright 

Cum Haube 

Roxanne Elizabeth Harris 

Harriet Ann Holmes 

Ebony Andrea Kelsey 

Ashley Deneice Manker 

Joel Patterson Shaw, Jr. 

Beatrice B. Simmons 

Note: Appearance of a name on any list in this program must not be considered as 
conclusive evidence of graduation. Persons who have met all requirements 
for a particular degree and whose names appear on the lists in this program 
will receive the degree indicated. 

3C(je Significance of tfje academic JfWace 

Observing the centuries-old convocation procedures, each Marshal in the Savannah State 
University Academic Procession carries an official mace which is indicative of the power, dignity, and 
magisterium vested in the University. The mace is a club-shaped staff which originated in the Middle 
Ages as a weapon. Eventually, it gained a ceremonial character and is presently employed most often 
by legislative forums and academic enterprises. 

The official mace and stand of Savannah State University were designed and made 
from mahogany wood by Dr. Ernest S. Brown, Associate Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering 

The University motto is "Lux Et Veritas" (Light and Truth). 

Ucabemic Coatumeg 

Modem academic dress, has evolved from a type of apparel prescribed by English Medieval 
Universities to distinguish their schools from the lay person in dress at a time when everybody wore 
robes or gowns. When American colleges and universities desired to adopt some suitable system of 
academic apparel a half century ago, it seemed best to agree on some definite system which all might 
follow. Accordingly, this attire has consisted of the cap, the gown, and the hood, the latter two now 
differing according to the degree the wearer has received. 

The modern cap, in academic dress, has the same design for all degrees: black and square- 
shaped with a tassel hanging from the center. However, the color of the tassel usually differentiates 
the field of study for which the degree was granted, the gold tassel being worn by doctors or by 
presidents of colleges and universities; but it may be added that the black tassel is correct for all 

degrees - W^/w ~%\\<^ 

The gown, unlike the cap, differs appreciably in design according to the degree conferred 
on the wearer. The gown for the bachelor's degree has pointed sleeves. It is designed to be worn 
closed. The gown for the master's degrees, worn open or closed, has an oblong sleeve, open at the 
wrist, like the others. The sleeve base hangs down in the traditional manner. The rear part of its 
oblong shape is square cut, and the front part has an arc cut away. The doctor's gown, worn open or 
closed, has long sleeves faced with velvet; three bars of velvet are midway the sleeves. The trimmings 
of the doctor's gown may be black or the color associated with ifhe field of study. 

The hood, while not an article of dress, is however, the most distinctive feature of the 
academic attire. It is a black, crow-shaped badge or adornment with an oval opening and worn down 
the back. It enables one to quickly determine not only the degree held by the wearer but also the 
college or university from which he is graduated. The colors lining the hood and the size and the 
shape of the hood make this distinction. The bachelor's and master's hoods are three feet and three and 
a half feet in length, respectively; the doctor's hood is four feet in length and is made with a wide 
panel. Hoods may be worn for only those degrees actually held by the wearers. 

Members of the governing body of a college or university, and they only, whatever their 
degrees may be, are entitled to wear doctor's gowns (with black velvet), but their hoods may be only 
those of degrees actually held by the wearers or those especially prescribed for them by the institution. 

In some colleges and universities, it is customary for the president, chancellor, or chief 
officer to wear a costume similar to that worn by the head of a foreign university. 

The chief marshal may wear a specially designed costume approved by the institution. 

For all academic purposes, including trimmings of doctor's gowns, edging of hoods, and 
tassels of caps, the color associated with different subjects as prescribed by the revised American 
Intercollegiate Code is as follows: 

Arts, Letters, Humanities White Oratory (Speech) Silver Gray 

Business Drab Philosophy Dark Blue 

Economics Copper Physical Education Sage Green 

Education Light Blue Public Administration Peacock Blue 

Law Purple Science Golden Yellow 

Library Science Lemon Social Work Citron 

Music Pink Theology Scarlet 

At Savannah State University, the lining of the hood has an orange chevron on a blue 
background to represent school colors. A faculty member wears the color of his alma mater.